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Last week, the Patriots were held without a touchdown for the first time since that day, one of the first and last times Ryan's boasting was ever backed up on the field.
The Jets were a seemingly new team then, full of hope and excitement at the helm of the boisterous Ryan and promising quarterback Mark Sanchez. Oh, how times change.
With Fireman Ed still alive, the Patriots entered a raucous Meadowlands stadium, ultimately losing 16-9. It's an atmosphere that Ryan thinks translates to a winning formula.
Rex Ryan wants home crowd to replicate '09 game vs. NE: "If you make it like that, we're gonna beat this team." (@ESPNNY98_7FM). #nyj
— Rich Cimini (@RichCimini) October 14, 2013
Of course, there are a lot of factors that have changed since then. For one, it's a different stadium. Rookie Mark Sanchez has been replaced by rookie Geno Smith. The Jets have gone from a team with Super Bowl hopes, to a team with absolutely no expectations. The Jets are a talented team capable of beating an extremely wounded Patriots team, but if they do, it likely won't be with that same support of the crowd.
The last time the Patriots were in MetLife Stadium, this is the kind of noise the Jets fans were making for their team.